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Mets place Pete Alonso and Tommy Hunter on injured list, call up Yennsy Diaz and Brandon Drury

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The Mets’ injury situation right now is absurd.

MLB: MAY 17 Mets at Braves Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Mets have placed first baseman Pete Alonso on the injured list with a right hand sprain and Tommy Hunter on the injured list with lower back pain. The team has called up right-handed pitcher Yennsy Diaz and infielder Brandon Drury to take their places on the active roster. And last but not least, the Mets activated Sam McWilliams from the COVID-related injured list and have designated left-handed pitcher Daniel Zamora for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

Along with Sean Reid-Foley—who has already contributed substantially in 2021—and Josh Winckowski, Diaz was acquired as part of the Steven Matz trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 24-year-old has experience as a starter in his minor league career, but has been working as reliever in Syracuse. He made his major league debut in 2019, but has just the one major league appearance; he otherwise had not pitched above Double-A prior to joining the Mets organization. For Syracuse so far this season, he has allowed three hits and one run in four innings of work.

As for Drury, he signed a minor league deal with the Mets over the offseason and has thus far played for the Triple-A Syracuse Mets. He’s hit .192/.271/.327 in 59 plate appearances.

The Mets now have seventeen players on the injured list.